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GREETINGS
The International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) de nition of ‘museum’, which is held throughout the world, obliges museums to act in the ser- vice of society. Besides its mandate to preserve the material and imma- terial cultural heritage, this, above all, includes the historical and cultural mediacy of the past. In contrast to other educational institutions, muse- ums are uniquely characterized by processing and promoting informa- tion, knowledge as well as insight through historical, cultural and natural- history objects and collections. Especially since the objects, in addition to their material value, become sign bearers through interpretation and presentation, they have potential for far-reaching meaning. They are sup- posed to help stimulate discussion, allow the evaluation of historical and societal developments and re ect important topics of the past on a higher level of abstraction. Ultimately, the museums and therewith also cultural policy want to achieve the strengthening of identities in this way and improve the people's understanding of the present so as to be able to shape the future.
Museums today want to work inclusively in order to reach a broad audience; they want to be a forum for societal dialogues so as to meet different experiences and perspectives; they want to be places of en- lightenment and reconciliation. Their work is supposed to have sustain- able effects and thereby embed societal values among the population.
However, do museums manage to reach people in a technologically and socially rapidly changing world? Are the exhibition topics, exhibition
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